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A number of high-pressure, high-temperature autoclaves with the ability to monitor electrochemical conditions are housed in a special facility at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI).

 

image of slow strain rate machines for stress corrosion cracking investigations   image of specialized test fixtures for stress corrosion cracking studies under biaxial loading conditions

Slow strain rate machines for stress corrosion cracking investigations.

 

Specialized test fixtures for stress corrosion cracking studies under biaxial loading conditions.

image of stainless steel, titanium, and nickel alloy autoclaves are used to conduct corrosion tests and environmental exposures at temperatures up to 650 °F and pressures up to 20,000 PSI

 

image of nickel alloy stirring autoclaves used for testing at pressures of 2,000 PSI and temperatures of 450 °F

Stainless steel, titanium, and nickel alloy autoclaves are used to conduct corrosion tests and environmental exposures at temperatures up to 650 °F and pressures up to 20,000 PSI.

 

Nickel alloy stirring autoclaves used for testing at pressures of 2,000 PSI and temperatures of
450 °F.

 

Autoclaves

Autoclave capabilities include stirring and pressure ratings up to 20,000 psi at 650 °F. Constant and cyclic loading test frames as well as 10 slow strain rate (SSR) systems are used for stress corrosion cracking studies. The SSR systems include capabilities for testing at ambient temperature and pressure and in high-pressure, high-temperature environments. The rated pressure and temperature of the autoclave vessels employed for SSR work are 2,000 psi and 450 °F.

 

Specialized Test Facilities

SwRI has experience designing, constructing and operating specialized test facilities to meet specific client needs. Our staff members have many years of experience with full-scale testing, high-temperature high-pressure tests, and testing in hazardous environments such as those containing H2S and CO2.

 

SwRI offers a new facility equipped to conduct full-scale testing in hazardous conditions including H2S and high-pressure, high-temperature environments. The facility is currently configured to qualify the use of a composite choke and kill line (part of the subsea blowout preventer stack) used for high-temperature and high-pressure applications. Tests are conducted in accordance with API 16C specification at 70 MPa at 150 °C using a NaCl brine and hydrocarbon equilibrated with a H2S/CO2/CH4 gas mixture.

 

image of hose assembly undergoing preparation prior to testing   image showing that test conditions are controlled and monitored in an instrumentation room

Hose assembly undergoing preparation prior to testing.

 

Test conditions are controlled and monitored in an instrumentation room.

image showing the final preparations SwRI staff make prior to testing. The test cell has numerous monitors for temperature and pressure and is also equipped with gas sensors

 

image of assembly with internal and external heaters placed inside secondary containment vessel. Heater controller are located in a control room.

image of assembly with internal and external heaters placed inside secondary containment vessel. Heater controller are located in a control room.

SwRI staff making the final preparations prior to testing. The test cell has numerous monitors for temperature and pressure and is also equipped with gas sensors.

 

Assembly with internal and external heaters placed inside secondary containment vessel. Heater controller are located in a control room.

 

For more information about our high-temperature and high-pressure corrosion testing capabilities, or how you can contract with SwRI, please contact Elizabeth Trillo, Ph.D., at etrillo@swri.org or (210) 522-4210, or Steve Clay at sclay@swri.org or (210) 522-2348.

corrosiontechnology.swri.org

 

Contact Information

Elizabeth Trillo, Ph.D.

High-Temperature and High-Pressure Testing

(210) 522-4210

etrillo@swri.org


Steve Clay

(210) 522-2348

sclay@swri.org

corrosiontechnology.swri.org

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August 07, 2014